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Old 03-26-2011, 06:38 PM   #1
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The Great Metzler VS Avon Debate

Anybody wanting to know the difference in Metz VS Avon tires here are some side by side pictures. Metz is a 200/50-18 and Avon is 200/55-18. The Avon is about 1 inch taller than the Metz. Looks to be about 3/4 inch narrower than the Metz. Avon tread is more rounded compared to the Metz which is flatter. Metz contact patch is also wider.
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:59 PM   #2
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Great post.... Thanks for taking the time
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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I would never have thought there would have been that much difference in how they look. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:00 AM   #4
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The brand of tire should be chosen for the style of riding.People that live and ride in areas like Lux does should use the Avon tires.People that don't have as many sharp twistys as I do can use the Metz.Ask Lux and he will tell you the Avon feels better to him.
Of those that have used both,you should be able to notice a difference.The 880 Metz will handle wet roads a little better,They are specifically made for heavy cruisin bikes.You should also notice that when the Metz gets real hot that they loose cornering grip and straight up stability.With the Avon,you should notice the opposite.
There's a big reason one is more narrow and has a different tread design.
Tires should be chosen from the style of riding the bike will see,not for the width or look of the tread.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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The brand of tire should be chosen for the style of riding.People that live and ride in areas like Lux does should use the Avon tires.People that don't have as many sharp twistys as I do can use the Metz.Ask Lux and he will tell you the Avon feels better to him.
Of those that have used both,you should be able to notice a difference.The 880 Metz will handle wet roads a little better,They are specifically made for heavy cruisin bikes.You should also notice that when the Metz gets real hot that they loose cornering grip and straight up stability.With the Avon,you should notice the opposite.
There's a big reason one is more narrow and has a different tread design.
Tires should be chosen from the style of riding the bike will see,not for the width or look of the tread.

AL is Spot on here, I get a better ride out of the Avons, Nothing wrong with Metz but Avons have done me better as far as handling and Wear especially in the Canyons.
Great shots of the 2 side by side, I knew they where different heights but didnt realize they where that much different.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:37 AM   #6
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I got the best grip on hot pavement from the stock dunlops, they are excellent tires on hot pavement. Metz are much better all around tires but certainly not performance tires... They are below average in good conditons I would say.

Haven't tried the avons, think they offer similar performance to the stock dunlops.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:07 PM   #7
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Was there a thread comparing the 240 sizes .I tried a search and couldn`t find it .I need to order tires this week .I`m down to two Avons or Perelli .If figure with either I can`t go wrong .My local deal doesn`t seem to have Continentals .I have heard people having good results with them .
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:40 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting these pics, I didn't know there was that much difference. I'll need new tires this year and you guys just sold me on the Avons.
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I need to order tires this week .I`m down to two Avons or Perelli .
Someone recently posted about Pierelli's wearing out after 7500 miles. ("ShurShot", maybe?)
not a lot of miles, IMHO. I do realize that there are trade offs, for desired applications.
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Someone recently posted about Pierelli's wearing out after 7500 miles. ("ShurShot", maybe?)
not a lot of miles, IMHO. I do realize that there are trade offs, for desired applications.
I believe he stated that he rode them VERY aggressively though, as always, YMMV.
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i ran metz for years, i have the cobras, they handle & wear better than the metz...so far. and to HONEYB... HAPPY BELATED B-DAY PAT
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I'm watching this one closely.

Metz seems more of a sport touring tire, where the Avon seems more of a sport tire.

Currently running Night Dragons. Love the handling, nearly through a rear at 5K miles. really want a SPORT tire, not a CRUISER tire - in consideration of my power levels, suspension and aggressive (extremely spirited) riding style.

There's only a very limited selection of MATCHING front/rears for these bikes - and of course we're pigeon-holed into the sport/cruiser category, thus ignored in the sport/superbike category.

I may order a set of Avons to check them out. My experiences with the Metz on previous bikes has been very good, but V Rod is a whole different animal - especially in WEIGHT (load class), being almost 200lbs heavier than most sport bikes.

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Geez, I think tire threads are getting about as crazy as oil threads.
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I'm watching this one closely.

Metz seems more of a sport touring tire, where the Avon seems more of a sport tire.

Currently running Night Dragons. Love the handling, nearly through a rear at 5K miles. really want a SPORT tire, not a CRUISER tire - in consideration of my power levels, suspension and aggressive (extremely spirited) riding style.

There's only a very limited selection of MATCHING front/rears for these bikes - and of course we're pigeon-holed into the sport/cruiser category, thus ignored in the sport/superbike category.

I may order a set of Avons to check them out. My experiences with the Metz on previous bikes has been very good, but V Rod is a whole different animal - especially in WEIGHT (load class), being almost 200lbs heavier than most sport bikes.

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You want performance tires for the V? Go back to the stock 180 DUNLOPS... They melt like butter on hot tarmack but they really stick good!! With those, you can eat those twisties wot.
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Don't really expect more than 4-5k miles out of them if you are agressive though, mine were done at 3500 miles
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